|COLONEL THOMAS L. GIBSON|
Col. Thomas L. Gibson is the Commander, 10th Air Base Wing, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He commands more than 3,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel who conduct base-level activities for the entire installation, including security, civil engineering, communications, logistics, finance, contracting, chaplaincy, legal, lodging, medical, military and civilian personnel and force support programs, for a community of 4,000 cadets and a total military community of more than 25,000 personnel. He oversees a $150 million annual operating budget and serves as Crisis Action Team Commander during all installation contingency operations.
Colonel Gibson received his commission through the Academy in 1988. He has served as an instructor pilot for the T-37 Tweet, C-5 Galaxy, TG-7A glider and KC-135 Stratotanker. His command assignments include the 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and the 71st Mission Support Group at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. His staff assignments include aide-de-camp to the Academy superintendent, director of the Commander's Action Group for Air Combat Command and senior executive assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff's logistics director.
He has flown in support of numerous humanitarian and combat operations, including Restore Hope, Restore Democracy and Allied Force. He was Deputy Director of the Air Mobility Division in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in Southwest Asia in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
1988 Bachelor of Science degree in English, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1993 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1998 Master's degree in management, Colorado Christian University, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2000 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2001 Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2002 Master's degree in Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Air War College, by correspondence
2007 National Security Fellowship, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2009 Joint Professional Military Education II, Joint Forces Staff College, Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
1. August 1988 - August 1989, student pilot, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. August 1989 - August 1990, student, Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
3. February 1990 - June 1992, T-37 Instructor Pilot, Squadron and Operations Group Executive Officer, Columbus AFB, Miss.
4. June 1992 - June 1995, C-5 Instructor Pilot, Travis AFB, Calif.
5. June 1995 - October 1998, TG-7A Instructor Pilot and Aide-de-Camp to the Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
6. October 1998 - March 1999, student, KC-135 Initial Qualification, Altus AFB, Okla.
7. April 1999 - June 2000, KC-135 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, McConnell AFB, Kan.
8. June 2000 - June 2001, student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
9. June 2001 - June 2002, student, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. June 2002 - June 2004, Deputy Director and Director, Commander's Action Group, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
11. June 2004 - August 2004, student, KC-135E Initial Qualification Course, Scott AFB, Ill.
12. August 2004 - June 2006, Commander, 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadron (redesignated 21st Air Mobility Operations Squadron), Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
13. June 2006 - June 2007, National Security Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
14. June 2007 - July 2009, Chief of Readiness, Exercises and Plans, and Senior Executive Assistant to the Director of Logistics, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
15. July 2009 - June 2011, Commander, 71st Mission Support Group, Vance AFB, Okla.
16. June 2011 - Present, Commander, 10th Air Base Wing, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 2,600
Aircraft: T-37, T-38, C-5, TG-7 and KC-135
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1988
First Lieutenant June 1990
Captain June 1992
Major May 1999
Lieutenant Colonel March 2003
Colonel September 2007
(Current as of June 2011)